Fiction

Fiction Literature Courses
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From Dante to DeLillo, revisit classic literature texts and enjoy discovering new writers and adaptations plus share your views in lively classroom discussions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Great American Stories
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julian Birkett
    The short story is America’s outstanding literary form. The explosion of magazines in the 19th century led to a huge market in stories “to be taken down with a gulp.” Many of its greatest writers specialised in the form – including Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, James Baldwin, John Cheever, William Faulkner and Lorrie Moore – and made it a vivid barometer of American life.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  2. Ulysses: Nostos - the Homecoming
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tobin Brothers
    To meet the challenge of reading Joyce, this online literature course will offer strategies and engage the second half of Ulysses to inspire both the new reader of Joyce and those revisiting his passionate experimentation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  3. Paper Secrets: letters in novels from Julian Barnes to Tayari Jones
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    Would you ever open other people’s letters? This contemporary fiction course invites you to read intimate correspondence over characters’ shoulders, to piece together the stories of long-forgotten letters, and to watch stolen letters set comic and catastrophic events in motion. We’ll study four absorbing novels in detail, exploring ideas about memory, time and communication, and discovering how letters are tangled up in them all. Includes



    Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (2011), Claire Fuller, Swimming Lessons (2017), Denis Thériault, The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman (2017) and Tayari Jones, An American Marriage (2018).
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  4. Families, feuds and fictions
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julian Birkett
    “When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” - Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz; “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy







    Unsurprisingly, novelists have always gravitated towards the dramatic potential of dysfunctional families, , and some of the finest novels of modern times have explored the tensions, disappointments (even occasional joys) of family life.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. South Asian fictions
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aamer Hussein
    Explore contemporary and historical stories about one of the most creatively fertile regions of the world, written in English by novelists with a strong British connection. Includes: A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan), The Book of Golden Leaves by Mirza Waheed Kashmir), Friend of my Youth by Amit Chaudhuri (India), How To Get Filthy Rich in Modern Asia by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan), and Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain (India).
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  6. Literature Taster: Nineteenth Century Novels
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    Ever wondered what studying an online Literature course at City Lit is like? Tempted to try, but not ready to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session on the nineteenth century novel to boost your confidence and whet your appetite for further study!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  7. Korean Literature Today
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Beatrice Ashton-Lelliott
    The recent popularity of Squid Game put Korean dramas (also known as K-dramas) in the spotlight for many international audiences, following on from the Hallyu or ‘Korean wave’, which began in the 1990s. Contemporary literature from South Korea, however, is also more accessible than ever before, with new authors in translation gaining fame amongst the likes of giants such as Han Kang. This 8-week online literature course looks at several of the most acclaimed translated Korean novels over the last few years and considers their common themes, such as LGBTQIA issues, gender roles and beauty standards, and the use of surrealist elements.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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  8. Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre and Villette
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This online Literature course focuses on two novels by Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre and Villette. We will develop an appreciation of Brontë’s narrative methods and concerns through close analysis of her language, alongside engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels, and the Brontë ‘mythology’ itself.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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  9. Get together and read
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Allen
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
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  10. London ‘lowlife’ in fiction: 1889-1907
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarah Wise
    We will explore the themes of poverty, politics, gender and ethnicity in London at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century through the eyes of writers of fiction, but also through the testimony of their non-fiction contemporaries – social investigators, government officials, journalists and philanthropists.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  11. Rise of the novel in the 18th century
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Megan Beech
    Explore the dynamic evolution of fiction throughout the 18th century, from the island life of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to the bold formal experimentation of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. The course will also consider the role of women in the form and the factors in 18th Century society which contributed to the formation and enduring popularity of literature’s most well-known and widely read form.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £169.00
  12. Ways into magic realism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    A baby’s spiteful ghost knocks over boiling pans; a ten-year-old boy sees into hearts and minds; a refugee opens a door into another country… In magical realist fiction, real-world events take unexpected turns into the fabulous and fantastical, asking us to think again about what we know.







    On this course we’ll read a selection of magical realist writing, including work by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Mohsin Hamid, as an introduction to this fascinating genre.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  13. New Nature Writing in fiction and poetry
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Barnes
    In the last 15 years, a new type of nature writing emerged in the UK. It was personal, engaging, and examined the natural world and the environment in fresh and interesting ways. It promised to reconnect a younger generation with the world outside, and to raise awareness of ecological issues in an emotionally resonant way. Includes novels, poetry and memoir by Seamus Heaney, W.G. Sebald, Alice Oswald, Helen Macdonald. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Kathleen Jamie.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  14. What's the Big Idea?: classic and contemporary short stories
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Niland
    Read and discuss celebrated short stories each week for six weeks – discuss and explore what we understand might be the writers’ intentions, and what it means for us as readers – which can be quite different. Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories and how they withstand the shifting context of readers, and time.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  15. George Eliot: Middlemarch
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This short online literature course will explore George Eliot’s novel, ‘Middlemarch’ (1871-2). Considered by many to be the greatest nineteenth century ‘realist’ novel, we explore its narrative methods and concerns, including its psychologically astute characterisation, and its rich engagement with the ideas and concerns of its time.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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